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What causes spinal stenosis?
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Dr. Katharine Garnier
Family Medicine
5 doctors agree
In brief: Several things
Spinal stenosis can be congenital but is also acquired with aging, or trauma, by either arthritis, herniated discs or even vertebral collapse as people age, which can result in vertebra slipping across each other which can cause stenosis too.
It is important to see a neurosurgeon for evaluation, or a orthopedist who specializes in the spine, for full evaluation and treatment, surgery is an option.

In brief: Several things
Spinal stenosis can be congenital but is also acquired with aging, or trauma, by either arthritis, herniated discs or even vertebral collapse as people age, which can result in vertebra slipping across each other which can cause stenosis too.
It is important to see a neurosurgeon for evaluation, or a orthopedist who specializes in the spine, for full evaluation and treatment, surgery is an option.
Dr. Katharine Garnier
Dr. Katharine Garnier
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Dr. Thomas Dowling
Orthopedic Surgery - Spine
3 doctors agree
In brief: Several causes
People are born with either a small, medium or large spinal canal.
Spinal stenosis is when the canal is too narrow fornerve tissue resultting in its compression. Everyone's canal narrows with time due to degeneration. By age 60, 20% have imaging finding of stenosis but not necessarily symptoms. Other causes are: congenital v acquired due to - fracture, herniation, tumor, fat, instability.

In brief: Several causes
People are born with either a small, medium or large spinal canal.
Spinal stenosis is when the canal is too narrow fornerve tissue resultting in its compression. Everyone's canal narrows with time due to degeneration. By age 60, 20% have imaging finding of stenosis but not necessarily symptoms. Other causes are: congenital v acquired due to - fracture, herniation, tumor, fat, instability.
Dr. Thomas Dowling
Dr. Thomas Dowling
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In brief: Many
Some are born with.
Some get herniated disk, spondylosis, tumor etc.

In brief: Many
Some are born with.
Some get herniated disk, spondylosis, tumor etc.
Dr. Nalinaksha Joshi
Dr. Nalinaksha Joshi
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